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Subject: PreSchool Curriculums?
Date Posted: 8/19/2010 1:50 PM ET
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After a lot of thought, I've decided to homeschool my oldest daughter rather than send her to a public preschool. I think that four years old is entirely to young to be gone from home every day, and I'm convinced I can teach her better than a preschool could. I also have a child I watch from 8-5 every day, who is also four years old and I will be homeschooling her as well.

The problem I'm running in to is I have no idea what to look for in a preschool curriculum. I originally wanted to make my own, but quickly found out how time consuming that is. The idea of having a pre-made schedule that we can follow is very appealing. Ive found a couple that looked decent, but they start with introduing the letters and both girls already know all their letters, the sounds they make, and how to write upper and lower case versions of them. I don't want to buy something that is only going to be repeating what they already know. Would it be worth trying a kindergarden curriculum? Or do you think it's a good idea to repeat lessons?

 I'd also like to find something that includes Bible lessons in the schedule, but everything I've found so far has been either just the preschool or just the Bible lessons.  If I had to do them seperate I could, but I'd like them to learn that we need to incorporate God into everything that we do because He is what it's all about.

If anyone knows of any curriculums that would be good, I'd really appriciate the help! Also, if anyone has any idea's or tips for someone who's just starting out with homeschooling I'd really like to hear those too. I'll take all the advice I can get! :)

Date Posted: 8/19/2010 2:03 PM ET
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We have 4 and almost 6 year old girls, so we also new to homeschooling. What we are going to try this year is School of Tomorrow (ACE) 1st grade Paces, they start with a 12 week refresher on the basic phonics and then go into the blends.  It is a complete curriculum and each PACE has a scripture that the kids memorize.  We also are using "living books" juvenile biographies and Apologia Science.  The girls also want to do unit studies, so we are starting with princesses (real ones) and then will be moving to a unit on dogs followed by a unit on cats.  Rod and Staff, Bob Jones, Abeka and others also have readers that I've been able to get on PBS so the girls won't get bored reading the same thing all the time.  ACE is a complete curriculum, but I don't know how they will do with it, if it will keep the attention and that's why we are adding this to it.  Do you know what learning style the kids you will be teaching are?  Do they learn visually, hearing things, or do they learn while they are physically doing something?  I know one of our girls is at least partially like that, but she also love doing workbooks.  Maybe you could get a few things for cheap and just see if they enjoy that curriculum.  I know our girls didn't like the AO Horizons kindergarten curriculum because it was things they already knew.

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Subject: Pre-School Homeschooling
Date Posted: 9/20/2010 2:36 AM ET
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Hello fellow homeschool mommies, I have a 2 year old baby girl and a 9 year old boy;. I have been homeschooling now for a couple years and my best suggestion for your preschooler is to

get the Abeka pre-school program that cost an arm, leg and some limbs  or  simply look for toys and books that interest your child. Spend as much time with them teaching them ABC'S and 123's witch every parent 

does anyway and start by knowing what pre-schoolers learn in a day. Once your child masters these things, move on to the next best possible thing for them to learn. Role-playing is a big thing at this age and having 

other children there age to play with would be a great help as well. My little girl get's taking care of at church during service (and that's her bible study) they sing and teach about the Lord there. I read to her bible stories just 

for mothers and daughters. I also have a very nice collection on dvd's so that visually she can get what she needs academically.  I let the Lord guide me when it comes to the children and don't worry that much about 

the Curriculums because what might be good for one child, might not work for yours.  One great dvd suggestions is CLUB HOUSE KIDS for bible another Rock & Learn .I have tons to suggestions for you if you wish for me 

to continue. PM if you want more info. God Bless you and take care.


Holy Trinity Homeschool

Date Posted: 9/21/2010 10:22 PM ET
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I am starting my 4 yr old in the new year with My Father's World Kindergarten...it is a gentle start which will not over teach a preschool-aged child. At that age they should be playing a lot and you can do a lot of learning games from the curriculum which teaches as well.

May the Lord lead you to the right thing for your family.

:) Rachel

Subject: Thanks Rachel
Date Posted: 9/22/2010 2:05 AM ET
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 I found a great site that a sister from church uses and the prices are right up my way .. rodandstaff.com

:D Caroline

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Subject: Best Preschool Curriculum
Date Posted: 9/22/2010 12:04 PM ET
Member Since: 6/16/2009
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I used Christ Centered Curriculum with my twins and they  both were reading at 5 years of age.  After lengthy research, I went with CCC because I agreed with their philosophy and it was wonderful to teach them while keeping scripture at the center.  There are not frills with this curriculum, although the flash cards are beautifully illustrated. Google them; it is well worth the time to check them out!

Date Posted: 9/22/2010 6:18 PM ET
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I'm new to homeschooling and on the hunt for curriculum also.  I'm not looking for religious curriculum but came across Catholic Heritage Curricula, they've got a pretty nice little pre-k/kindergarten lesson plan.

Date Posted: 12/4/2010 9:23 AM ET
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Just be patient.  I bought a book about homeschooling witn a meek and quiet spirit, and it has made a ton of difference in how i look at my  children during "school time"

Date Posted: 12/4/2010 4:54 PM ET
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i am going to get www.heartofdakota.com cirriculum. i like the way it is set up and i start with my kids this jan :) good luck mama and just have fun. go to the dollar tree and get disney workbooks also..they are awesome